Statistician / Patent Examiner
We're Josh and David. We've both been blessed with families that support our dreams, and who are excited for us to start a family of our own. (They're constantly texting us to see how far along we are in the adoption process!)
Josh owes his curiosity, intelligence, playfulness, and sense of humor to his parents and his brother, and he can't wait to nurture those same traits in a child. His family lives in Pittsburgh. We see each other all the time, whether for birthdays, holidays, or just because we miss each other.
David has family all around the world, including three sisters. Most of his family are in Florida or Puerto Rico. Josh really appreciates becoming a part of David's family, which has done a Lot to enrich his Life with Puerto Rican and Cuban culture, traditions, holidays, and especially food. (David's mother has taught Josh a lot about cooking!)
We're excited to know that a child will benefit from a diverse heritage and wide range of cultural experiences. Any time we see family on either side, it's always a joy, whether we're sightseeing, visiting a museum or zoo, grilling food on the deck, or enjoying board games and movies.
We got married in 2018, and bought our house later that same year. We don't have any children yet, but we know this is the right time for us to start a family, so that a child can grow up in the safe and caring home environment we've built together. We're looking for someone to help us start the next chapter of our life together, by allowing us to offer a child a place in our home and family.
We found our dream home on a cul-de-sac with lots of families. It's the kind of place where you regularly see children riding around on bikes, playing on the sidewalks, or walking to and from the school bus stop. The house has plenty of room for a child to grow in (including four bathrooms, so there's less stress during those rushed weekday mornings when everyone's getting ready for school and work!) We've got the bedroom all set up for a child, with a crib, changing table, and a window seat with a view of the street.
Our neighborhood is a suburb in the middle of a nature conservatory. We're surrounded by hundreds of acres of parkland and miles of walking trails. There are lots of playgrounds nearby, as well as a swimming pool, a baseball field, a farmer's market, and the elementary school all within walking distance.
We made sure to find a home in a nice school district, with a good teacher-student ratio and high diversity scores. We can't wait for the day when we get to walk a child home from school through the park while they tell us about the wonderful day they had and everything they learned in class.
Josh about David: David is the best husband I could ever want on this journey to building a family together. He's the organizer in our home, from his library, to his writing, to the budgeting, to the games he arranges for friends. Every plan he makes ends up working out in the end. Whenever chaos is introduced into our life together, he can adapt and respond quickly, and most importantly, patiently. When our little nieces and nephews are around, they always know that David will give them his fullest attention, and I know he'll be just as good with any child we raise. David has a PhD in psychology (which I love bragging about). For a long time he was working at a non-profit, using education data to identify scholarships that were doing the most good for in-need students. Now he's at the Department of Education, overseeing some of the same studies he used in his non-profit research, so others can perform similar work helping college students from all different backgrounds. He has a lot of heart, and I love that he's one of those people who cares that his work helps people and is a benefit to others.
David about Josh: I never imagined a life could be filled with so much laughter, warmth, and happiness until I met Josh. He's brilliant, sweet, caring, and funny. I know he'll make a great dad. He's already putting in the work to make sure we'll be good parents. He found a house in a great school district. He's always looking for toys, games, and books to teach children about science and math. When our niece was born, Josh made sure we helped change her diaper as practice for when we adopt. Josh is the smartest man I know (which is why he's so good at board games). His job as a patent examiner means he has to be perceptive, knowledgeable, and hard-working. But he's also generous and caring. He's always thinking about other people, making sure they're comfortable, cared for, and well-fed. I can't wait until we have a child to benefit from having him as a father.
We met in 2012, playing board games in a coffee shop in Washington, DC, and we hit it off right away. It was a wonderful way to meet, because we knew from the start that we had a lot in common and that we liked each other. Since then, we've learned that we had similar dreams, hopes, and aspirations for our lives. We've been together ever since, and have made a close and cozy life together, filled with laughter and love.
The most important thing is to be a good person, good to others and good to yourself. And the first step toward being good is to be honest with yourself, so you can always know right from wrong.
Beyond that, you only have one life to live, and you are the only person you will be spending the rest of your life with. So, whatever you do, you have to be able to live with yourself. Don't let anyone tell you how to live that life, and don't let anyone pressure you into any choices you can't live with.
We know that raising a child is a lot of work, and children grow up happiest and healthiest when they have lots of support. We're very fortunate that our family on both sides are excited to support us as we adopt a child. We also know that adopted children benefit from having their birth families in their lives, as part of an open adoption. We want a child to know everything about their background, so they never have to wonder about who they are or where they come from. But we also know that placing a child with an adoptive family is a challenging process, so whether you want an open or closed adoption, we know you're making the best decision for your child. We're just grateful that you're considering us.